Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 360

Rachel Podger

Bach Cello Suites Transposed for Violin

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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In this special late concert, Podger, “the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin” (The Times) performs three suites from her new album.

JS Bach: Cello Suite 1 in G Major BWV 1007 (transposed into D Major for violin)

JS Bach: Cello Suite 2 in D minor BWV 1008 (transposed into A minor for violin)

JS Bach: Cello Suite 3 in C Major BWV 1009 (transposed into G Major for violin).

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Rachel Podger

Event 361

Sindhu Vee

Sandhog

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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The hilarious stand-up show from the Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee. Loving your children, spouse and ageing parents (in that order, please don’t tell my mother) is very hard work, very intense and a lot of the time it sucks. But who wants to live without love? The highly anticipated debut from the host of BBC R4’s Comedy of the Week podcast. As seen on QI (BBC2), Have I Got News for You (BBC1) and Alan Davies As Yet Untitled (Dave), and heard on The Guilty Feminist podcast.

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Sindhu Vee

Event 362

Anita Anand

The Patient Assassin

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The author of Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary tells the remarkable story of one Indian’s twenty-year quest for revenge, taking him around the world in search of those he held responsible for the Amritsar massacre of 1919, which cost the lives of hundreds. According to legend, a young, low-caste orphan, Udham Singh, was injured in the attack, and remained in the Bagh, surrounded by the dead and dying until he was able to move the next morning. Then, he supposedly picked up a handful of blood-soaked earth, smeared it across his forehead and vowed to kill the men responsible, no matter how long it took. The truth, as the author has discovered, is more complex but no less dramatic. She traced Singh’s journey through Africa, the United States and across Europe before, in March 1940, he finally arrived in front of Michael O’Dwyer in a London hall, ready to shoot him down. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Event 363

Lara Prior-Palmer talks to Corisande Albert

Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Wildest Horse Race

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The Mongol Derby is the world’s toughest horse race. A feat of endurance across the vast Mongolian plains once traversed by the people of Genghis Khan, competitors ride twenty-five horses across a distance of 1,000 km. In 2013 Lara Prior-Palmer – nineteen, underprepared but seeking the great unknown – decided to enter the race. Driven by her own restlessness, stubbornness and a lifelong love of horses, she raced for seven days through extreme heat and terrifying storms, catching a few hours of sleep where she could at the homes of nomadic families. Battling bouts of illness and dehydration, exhaustion and bruising falls, she found she had nothing to lose, and tore through the field with her motley crew of horses. In one of the Derby’s most unexpected results, she became the youngest-ever champion and the first woman to win the race.

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Event 364

Damian Barr and Gabriela Ybarra talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: Parallels

Venue: Compass Studio
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A conversation with authors of two of the most extraordinary and powerful first novels of recent years, both of which explore true histories of extremity and aftermath. You Will Be Safe Here is the brilliant debut novel set in South Africa between 1900 and 2010 from the award-winning author of Maggie & Me. Inspired by real events, Barr uncovers a hidden colonial history and present-day darkness while exploring our capacity for cruelty and kindness. The Dinner Guest is a Spanish novel with the feel of documentary non-fiction. It connects two life-changing events – the very public death of Ybarra’s grandfather, and the more private pain as her mother dies from cancer and Gabriela cares for her. 

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Event 365

Morgan Seag, Ragnhild Freng Dale and Chandrika Nath with Melody Clark

Cambridge Series 15: Female Voices on Climate Change

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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Does having more women involved in climate change-related research make a difference to discussions? What kind of adaptations will be required as global warming increases and how do we bring a broad range of the public on board, particularly regarding the more complex issues surrounding climate change? A panel discussion with Morgan Seag, Co-chair of the international council of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists, anthropologist Ragnhild Freng Dale from the Scott Polar Institute, Chandrika Nath, Executive Director of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, and Professor Melody Clark from the British Antarctic Survey. CHaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Event HD81

Stefan Gates

Science You Can Eat

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Stefan Gates, TV presenter and live show presenter, introduces this spectacular edible science show featuring rockets made from food, edible chemical reactions, vortex cannons, flamethrowing, live insects and the world’s loudest fart machine. Stefan uses explosive stunts to transform complex science into an unforgettable, relevant and funny edible adventure.

6+
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Event HD82

Catherine Fisher

The Clockwork Crow

Venue: The Summerhouse
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Join award-winning fantasy author Catherine Fisher as she shares the secrets of her writing. The Clockwork Crow is a gripping tale of enchantment and belonging, set in a frost-bound mansion in snowy mid-Wales. The winner of Wales Arts Review’s Welsh Books for Young People 2018 award, it has been shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019.

9+
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Event W113

Foraging With Kids Workshop 1

Adele Nozedar and Lizzie Harper

Venue: Wild Garden
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Join author Adele Nozedar and illustrator Lizzie Harper as they bring to life their most recent book, Foraging With Kids. Adele will help you find tasty wild edibles and Lizzie will get you drawing them! We’ll make the most amazing nature table on the planet and there will be samples of yummy stuff made using wild ingredients.

3+
Parents must attend but don't require a ticket
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Event W114

NMiTE (New Model in Technology and Engineering)

Ingenuity Flash

Venue: Ingenuity Studio 1
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Join us in NMiTE’s Studio 1, a hi-tech refurbished shipping container, to explore ideas through making. Experience how highly creative and technological engineering can be. NMiTE is located in Hereford and aims to be the city’s first university with a focus on engineering.
Sign up at the venue for 10am, 11.30am or 1pm. Ingenuity Studio 1 free drop-in sessions for families take place between 2.30pm and 5pm, Sunday 26 May – Saturday 1 June. 

9–18
Parental consent required for under 11s
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Event W112

Robotics Workshop 1

Inspire!

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join this fun and interactive workshop and learn how to code by playing with the Sphero SPRK+ robots. Design your robot’s dance moves and team up with others to help Sphero to traverse the maze. If you have never tried coding before, this is a fantastic opportunity to give it a go.

10–11
Parents must attend but don't require a ticket
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Robotics Workshop 1

Event W115

Bollywood Dreams

Dance Workshop 1

Venue: Cube
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In this Bollywood Dreams dance workshop, you will learn Indian dance hand gestures and create a short choreographed routine by the end of the session, while discovering a little about the history of Bollywood. Participants can dance barefoot or (recommended) in light trainers.

4+
45 mins
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Bollywood Dreams

Event 366

AC Grayling

The History of Philosophy

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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We are delighted to launch the philosopher’s magnum opus. With his characteristic clarity and elegance, Grayling takes the reader from the world-views and moralities before the age of the Buddha, Confucius and Socrates, through Christianity’s capture of the European mind, to the Renaissance and Enlightenment, and on to Mill, Nietzsche, Sartre and, finally, philosophy today. Bringing together these many threads that all too often run parallel, he surveys in tandem the great philosophical traditions of India, China and the Persian-Arabic world.

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AC Grayling

Event 367

Lindsey Hilsum talks to Rosie Boycott

In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Marie Colvin was glamorous, hard-drinking, braver than the boys, with a troubled and rackety personal life. She reported from the most dangerous places in the world, going in further and staying longer than anyone else. Marie covered the major conflicts of our time: Israel and Palestine, Chechnya, East Timor, Sri Lanka (where she was hit by a grenade and lost sight in her left eye, resulting in her trademark eye-patch), Iraq and Afghanistan. Her anecdotes about encounters with dictators and presidents – including Colonel Gaddafi and Yasser Arafat, whom she knew well – were incomparable. She was much admired, and as famous for her wild parties as for the extraordinary lengths to which she went to tell the story, including being smuggled into Syria where she was killed in 2012.

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Event 368

Shahidha Bari and Anna Murphy talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Talking About Clothes

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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We are all dressed. But how often do we pause to think about the place of our clothes in our lives? What unconscious thoughts do we express when we dress every day? Can memories, meaning and ideas be wrapped up in a winter coat? A conversation about fashion. Bari is author of Dressed: The Secret Life of Clothes. Murphy is Fashion Director of The Times and author of How Not to Wear Black: Find your Style, Create your Forever Wardrobe.

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Event HD83

Matt Haig

Evie and the Animals

Venue: Compass Studio
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Join bestselling author Matt Haig as he talks about his new children’s book Evie and the Animals, illustrated by Emily Gravett. It’s a heartwarming story about daring to be different, growing up and staying true to yourself. Evie is a girl with a Special Talent who is different from her friends. In fact, she seems to have an actual, secret superpower: she can understand and talk to animals.

6+
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Event HD84

Dapo Adeola and Nathan Bryon

Look Up!

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join author and illustrator Nathan and Dapo for an out-of-this-world event! Enjoy a lively hour full of storytelling, fun facts and top drawing tips from this exciting debut duo.

3+
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Event HD85

Ross Welford

The Dog Who Saved the World

Venue: Compass Studio
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Time travel, invisibility, immortality, and brave mongrel dogs saving the world. Ross Welford has covered them all in his much-loved and highly-acclaimed books. Join Ross for this interactive, energetic session and there might even be a little bit of magic!

9+
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Event W117

Foraging With Kids Workshop 2

Adele Nozedar and Lizzie Harper

Venue: Wild Garden
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Join author Adele Nozedar and illustrator Lizzie Harper as they bring to life their most recent book, Foraging With Kids. Adele will help you find tasty wild edibles and Lizzie will get you drawing them! We’ll make the most amazing nature table on the planet and there will be samples of yummy stuff made using wild ingredients.

3+
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Event W116

Robotics Workshop 2

Inspire!

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join this fun and interactive workshop and learn how to code by playing with the Sphero SPRK+ robots. Design your robot’s dance moves and team up with others to help Sphero to traverse the maze. If you have never tried coding before, this is a fantastic opportunity to give it a go.

13–14
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Robotics Workshop 2

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